James Madison, Law Student and Demi-Lawyer

  title={James Madison, Law Student and Demi-Lawyer},
  author={Mary Sarah Bilder},
  journal={Law and History Review},
  pages={389 - 449}
  • M. Bilder
  • Published 1 May 2010
  • Law, History
  • Law and History Review
We think of James Madison as a political theorist, legislative drafter, and constitutional interpreter. Recent scholarship has fought fiercely over the nature of his political thought. Unlike other important early national leaders—John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, Edmund Randolph, James Wilson—law has been seen as largely irrelevant to Madison's intellectual biography. Madison, however, studied law and, at least in one extant manuscript, took careful notes. These… 
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